Does Your 2017 EIR Look Too Much Like Your 2015 EIR?



Friday, May 19, 2017
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Global climate change and the historic drought continue to shape legislative policies in California. A new set of acronyms and phrases is gaining prominence: VMT, GSA, TPA, RCIS. We know more about “reverse CEQA,” but what does it really mean for your EIR? New legislation and guidelines are changing how key environmental conditions are evaluated and mitigated under CEQA. SB 379 now requires jurisdictions to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies in their general plan safety elements, and regulatory agencies, such as the Coastal Commission, are taking aim at policies to address sea level rise, all of which influence how EIRs are drafted. And, as always, court decisions continue their role in changing the CEQA process. It’s fair to say that these changes will have a “significant impact” on the preparation of EIRs, affecting analysis of transportation, climate change, water supply, land use compatibility, and much more. The EIR of 2017 is likely to be a very different animal than the EIR of even a few years ago. The panel will look at significant legislative changes, court decisions, and changing environmental conditions that are reshaping CEQA analysis. The panel will include a CEQA consultant, a land use attorney, a transportation planner, a city planner, and a civil engineer.



Mark Krebs

As President of PACE, Mark Krebs has the responsibility of managing day-to-day operations of the company and as an engineering project manager. Mark has 25+ years of experience with a specialized background in stormwater management, water supply, water treatment, river/wetland restoration and integrated infrastructure systems. Mark’s passion lies ... Read More

Kimberly Brandt

Kim Brandt joined the executive team of Newport Beach in May 2011 and brought her 30 plus years of professional planning practice and extensive experience in all phases of municipal planning. As Community Development Director, Kim is responsible for Building and Life Safety, Real Estate Administration, Coastal Act compliance, Code ... Read More

Tony Petros

Tony is a transportation planner who manages his firm’s traffic engineering and planning disciplines in California. He sat on the County of Orange Housing & Community Development Commission and was project manager for the Orange County Sustainable Communities Strategy and the Orange County Long-Range Transportation Plan. He has taught transportation ... Read More

Tim Paone

Tim Paone is a partner in Cox, Castle & Nicholson’s Irvine office. His practice emphasizes CEQA, the Coastal Act, development agreements, and the local planning process. He has worked on the entitlement of projects throughout California, as well as handling land use matters in courtrooms throughout the State. He has ... Read More

JoAnn Hadfield

JoAnn has led hundreds of diverse projects spanning major commercial, residential, industrial, and infrastructure projects. With a background in both urban planning and civil engineering, she is ideally suited for complex, technical projects and to assist in formulating creative environmental solutions. She regularly performs CEQA training for clients and planning ... Read More

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